The first ever Oval Office prime-time address by Donald Trump’s was an interesting experience for him. However, the question is what did Americans have to say about their President’s speech?
Tuesday night saw quite an unusual Oval Office address of all times, which Trump had picked for his obsession that is considered as “foolish” by many, including the Democrats.
In his speech that lasted for about 10 minutes, the President made all his efforts to convince the nation for backing his desire of a wall on the south border. However, people are clearly unimpressed and skeptical over Trump’s demand.
At 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Trump took over several major broadcast and cable networks, as he started his Oval Office address, saying, “My fellow Americans: Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.”
To what he calls a “crisis”, the Americans perceive as a basis of unwanted and avoidable issues that the country is coping with, including the partial government shutdown, which is on its 19th day.
It is the third week since a conflict between Trump and the Democrats over the US-Mexico border wall led to the impasse, which is the second longest in history. However, no imminent solution is visible.
Throughout his prime-time address, Trump spoke about “illegal immigration,” holding them responsible for the inflow of “vast quantities of illegal drugs” and deaths of “thousands of Americans.”
To every word spoken by Trump, a majority of people echoed a lone response: “lies lies lies.” The thoughts were similar to those of the Democrats, who were represented on air by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Coming up few minutes after the President, Pelosi and Schumer, in their rebuttal stated that Trump has been “full of misinformation and even malice” during the entire shutdown.
One can hardly deny what the Democrats presented in their address. Trump has for real kept the people at hostage, which is evident from his previous statement about the shutdown. He has even rejected the bipartisan bills passed by the House Democrats, which could have possibly re-opened the government.
For the people, whom President Trump was trying to persuade, the major concern is the ongoing partial government shutdown, as it is holding hostage necessary services for the health, well-being and safety. However, Trump’s Oval Office address didn’t deliver any solution to this major issue.
On the other hand, Pelosi and Schumer’s speech was a well-presented counter to the “fears” of Trump with some shrewd “facts”. Besides, they also urged Trump to keep the shutdown separate from the issue of border security.
Apparently, what the Democrats said had made more sense, as compared to Trump’s address that was full of misinformation.
Nevertheless, the experience for Trump was “interesting”, but not for the rest of the country.